With 27 offices across the world’s leading financial and resource centres in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the USA, Ashurst offers the scale to attract global mandates. We operate at the cutting edge of the financial, resources and infrastructure, corporate and new economy markets, offering advice that’s as commercially astute as it is technically accurate in diverse areas of law including disputes, competition, M&A and finance. It’s that incisiveness that makes us different from other elite firms: we share our client's ambitions and the depth of our insight allows us to cut to the heart of their issues with speed and clarity.
We take exactly the same approach with our people: we’re interested in understanding each other, finding new and better ways to bring out each individual's talents, and simply enjoying the interaction with other high-calibre, down-to-earth people. It’s a strong, shared culture that will enable you to apply your intellect, develop yourself and thrive as an international lawyer.
A training contract at Ashurst will move your mind beyond technical knowledge of the law. Ultimately, we want to help you become a thought leader with a reputation for clear, perceptive and influential advice – a professional in whom governments and leading businesses the world over can place their trust.
This isn’t an easy route to take. You’ll need to become a shrewd negotiator, have an ability to read both balance sheets and behaviours, and become a commercial strategist with a deep understanding of specific industries.
Our training contract will start you on that road. We will plan closely with you four seats of six months each, that will broaden your world view and hone your talents. At least one seat will be in a finance practice and we will also encourage you to join an overseas office or go on secondment to one of our most valued clients.
Who we’re looking for
We expect a lot of ourselves – and so, as you would expect, you will need to be comfortable with challenges and pressure. You should also be able to express yourself confidently on paper and out loud, whether that’s among your team or in a client’s boardroom.
Alongside all the hard work, we also have fun. We’re incredibly proud of our culture: we thrive when we’re collaborating; we care about our standards of client service; we’re willing to explore ideas and be accountable for their success; and as people, we’re good company. We will expect all of that from you, too.
These are the competencies we look for and that make our lawyers special.
The work undertaken by commercial lawyers involves problem solving for our clients. You will be able to demonstrate that you can extract key points from complex information. You will also have the ability and confidence to think for yourself.
Motivation, determination and drive
This firm has a client focus and this means that our work for them and your career overall will demand a lot of your time and energy. You will need to be driven and resilient to succeed.
An interest in commercial and financial matters is key to understanding our clients’ business needs.
Team and interpersonal skills
You will join a supportive and team-based environment and so need to be able to demonstrate that you can play your part. Interpersonal skills are essential in building and maintaining relationships not only in the firm, but with our clients
Being able to communicate clearly, especially in writing, is an essential skill for lawyers.
The firm must adapt quickly to changes in the marketplace and to the needs of its clients and so a flexible attitude is key.
Sponsorship and benefits
Full fees paid for the GDL and LPC fees plus maintenance allowances of £8,000 per annum (£7,000 if you choose to study the GDL outside London). First class degree awards of £500 and language tuition bursaries. Benefits include, private medical cover, pension, life assurance, income protection, interest-free season ticket and technology loans, cycle to work scheme, in-house medical facilities, subsidised gym membership and staff restaurant and 25 days holiday per year during training.
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